Drop the "Wiki"
Multi-Wiki considered harmful. Our company already has "a wiki". Then Microsoft Sharepoint encourages a proliferation of "wiki" sites, and now we have another entirely separate place for more "wiki" pages.
The main advantages of a wiki are:
1) everyone can participate -- any problem or oversight can be corrected by any user
2) search -- finding things is easy
Having an endless supplies of wikis, where you can't search between them, and not everyone can even view them all, seems to defeat the main benefits of a wiki. Now every channel, in every team, has their own "wiki". And they're "private" by default.
Not only that, but it's namespace pollution -- if you tell someone to update the wiki, how do they know which one?
PLEASE, drop the "feature" of having a wiki from this software.
If you had implemented a full contact system, with support for multiple addresses, and pseudonyms, for every user of the system, that would be terrible. Because Microsoft Teams is not the place for it. Hopefully the product manager would see that, and fight to remove it. I see having a "wiki" in MS Teams the same way.
No, an integrated Wiki is essential, particularly when we can integrate with other tools, like Azure DevOps and Planner.
I can appreciate the concern about too many places to store information, but they have different purposes.
Christian Haase commented
don't DROP wiki, but leave it to the sysadmin to whether enable wiki or disable it.
I like the wiki for keeping team meeting actions in project teams sites, rather than the bloat one-note feature, that takes forever to load and is overly complex. I would not vote for killing the wiki (maybe rename as "meeting minutes" as an optional tab with very similar features to the wiki - except new entries should appear at the top of the list, rather than the bottom by default - see https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/31957204-microsoft-teams-wiki-listing-order
beside this, if you delete it accidentally, you can't recover it!
Paul Van Beek commented
The Wiki is not useful in this configuration. At least give the option to remove it or decide whether to include it when making the team.
One NOte rules...just make 2019 One Note as good as 2016 and we'll have a solution.
I'd just like to be able to disable the wiki from showing up in Teams at all. If other people like it, great. It will not work in my environment so I'd love to be able to just turn it off.
I love the Wiki capability and use it extensively. I hate SharePoint with an equal passion. If you don't like it you just need the ability to turn it off not try and mess up Teams for the rest of us.
I have no problem with Apps like Wiki when you can decide if it's in the app catalogue or not. When companies are using confluence etc. the default presence of a wiki tab is painful. Please make it optional to avoid chaos.
I find it useful. If IT manager could hide it, then fine.
We would like the option to disable the Wiki tab in our Teams tenant for compliance purposes.
I use the Wiki for every channel project. Loading Onenote in Teams is too slow and too disconnected - can't call out specific notes in chat (easily). Does the Wiki need to be renamed? Yes. Which you can do for every channel, call it what you want. So, that is very useful. On some channels I rename it "Project Notes". Handy. Should Wiki somehow be integrated with OneNote and renamed? Probably.
Like Ian Holmes said, just give us an option to disable this Wiki and everybody is happy
Sam Hall commented
I agree, this "Wiki" feature is useless bloat. I found the feature amusing at best, especially the way you can actually have multiple Wiki's in a single channel (just to confuse it's purpose even further). Fragmented knowledge, hidden and scattered across channels really flies in the face of what a "Wiki" is about.
When I look around our Teams channels, the wiki feature's usage is limited to what I'd call sticky posts on other platforms.
I agree with Jevgenij, Ian, Mark and to a dregee Tim. Don't call this a wiki if it does not have wiki features (that also goes for SharePoint, but Teams' wiki is not even close). If you want a notepad, great: call it that, or steer users to OneNote.
Microsoft should stop abusing the term 'Wiki' ... if it doesn't allow wikimarkup and features like MediaWiki, Confluence, any of the numerous true Wiki softwares & implementations.
Jevgenij Martynenko commented
The place to put some notes might be a valid use case for Teams channels.
But it should not be named Wiki.
I'm not sure this was ever meant to be a full wiki, just a place to put editable but semi-static information, like 'how to use this Team' and any team-specific etiquette. Having one of these per team then makes sense. I guess it could be called something else... I use it, but would prefer to be able to populate it with my own default text.
"I don't wanna use this feature, no one else should use it either. I know better than you"
Totally disagree. The wiki in Teams is very useful. I love how you can call people out in there, inviting commment.
Peter McDermott commented
I agree it isn't helpful to have a Wiki for each channel. At the same token, without being able to add screenshots, the Wiki is very limited. Image and embed support, maybe???